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10,000 meters. >> it's just a blessing. you know, any time you're able to represent your country, it's really such an honor. so i did the marathon and i was just really happy. the 10,000 is definitely kind of my baby. i didn't want to lose it here. i'm definitely coming back in the 5 so it's rest and getting ready for that. >> reporter: you've got the marathon, 10k and the 5. how do you manage all of that, the mileage, the preparation and then the execution on the big day? >> it's been tough. obviously for the marathon you've got to do so many miles really hard, long runs. we definitely ride a fine line of maybe overdoing it sometimes. and so it's been tough. you know, the last couple of weeks i was banged up and tired from all of the training but i needed rest and i took -- i only ran two miles a couple days this week and that's as close of a day off as i'll ever get. it's about resting, doing the long stuff and the speed and i'll be
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congratulations. i think they are waiting for you over there. tom? >> all right. having seen him here in the 10,000 is the double doable in rio? >> two miles is an easy day for you, too, right? >> i think the double is possible. we'll have disagreements over the next few weeks about this. but galen rupp says he's come to love distance running. he didn't used to like the distance running. he liked the speed on the track. he's come to love the distance running and that's important. he can embrace the 10,000 as his primary track event which needs the strength of marathoning and he can engage in a great marathon. he's got eight days to recover from that first race. i think he's got a shot to do both well. >> i'm a little more skeptical about this. i think he's emotionally attached to the 10,000. i think the final is on friday and he's got to focus on rio's marathon or he
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tomorrow, what are we looking for? >> justin gatlin gets going. >> that will do it. day one is in the books of the u.s. olympic trials for track and field. coming up next on nbc, an all new "dateline" and our coverage continues tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. with additional action at 5:00 eastern on nbcsn. for our entire crew, this is tom hammond saying so long from eugene, oregon, say good-bye to sanya richards-ross. this broadcast is brought to you by the united states olympic committee and may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form without the expressed written consent of the olympic committee.
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one day have to make. all he knew back then was his mother's love. >> i mean, she helped people, you know, if there was a kid in the street who needed something, she would pull over and see if they were okay, you know, she was -- she was that type of person that taught me to basically put others before myself first. >> marie was single when she had marcus. he was the center of her world. kelly clayton was marie's hairdresser and good friend. >> she talked about him a lot, the things that he was doing in school. she got really excited about she got really excited about marcus. marcus. >> marie's friends and >> marie's friends and co-workers bridget harris and co-workers jean jones harris and jean jon >> he was, like, the apple in >> he wa her eye.s, like, the apple in her eye. she just sparkled every time he she just was around.parkled every time h was ar she loved hugging him. she loved huggin >> she was a doting mom or a >> she was strict mom? a doting mom or a stri
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>> o >> we traveled a lot together, . so it was just us two.ot togeth so it was just us two. >> for her job? >> for her job? >> yeah. >> yeah. >> marie worked for the federal >> ma government in los angeles, but government in los angeles, but friends say she was driven and friends say she was driven and ambitious in other areas, too. ambiti >> she was an entrepreneur, that's what i know most about h that's w her, because she talked about her, because she talked about owning her own business. owning her own business. >> but marie wanted more than >> but marie wanted more than work and success. work and success. >> i know that she wanted to >> i know that she wanted to have somebody in her life. have somebody >> what kind of guy was she >> what kind of guy was she looking for? looking for? >> someone that will take care >> someone that will take care of her, love her, protect her. of her, love her, protect her. >> i guess that's any woman's >> i guess that's any woman's dream to have the whole package. dream to that was kind of missing.packag. that was kind of missing. she didn't have that guy figure, she didn't have that guy figure, the father figure for marcus. the father figure for marcus. >> then one day, marie told her >> then one day, marie told her friends -- friends -- >> i met this guy, you know, >> i met this guy, you know, they had a lunch date and he was they had a lunch date and he was cute and just, you know, the cute and just, you know, the excitement of meeting somebody excitement of meeting somebody new. new. >> his name was andrja
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a handsome single father of two. a handsome single father of two. sparks flew immediately. sparks flew im >> i mean, she would just light >> i m up every time she talked about up e him just --ry time she talk abo him >> big smile. >> big smile. >> oh, the glow. >> oh, the glow. >> uh-huh. >> uh-huh. >> he was -- he was her -- >> he was -- he was her -- her -- her everything. her -- her everything. >> the methodical businesslike >> the methodical businesslike marie seemed to change marie seemed to change overnight. overnight. were you privy to the courtship were you privy to the courtship with andre? with andre? >> the whirlwind courtship? >> the whirlwind courtship? >> yeah. >> yeah. >> well, that's -- >> well, that's -- >> real quick. >> that's the way we would put . it because one day she was put it because one d smitten.ay she was smitten. the next day she was in love. the next day she was in love. and then she was pregnant. and then she was pregnant. >> pregnant and having a wedding >> pregnant and having a wedding and no one knew about it. and no one kne >> marcus knew about it.t it. >> marcus knew about it. he was there. he was there. your mom was happy? your mom was happy? >> yeah. >> yeah. she looked happy. she looked happy. >> andre was happy? >> andre was happy? >> yeah. >> yeah. we all were happy. we all were happy. >> at age 8, marcus found >> at age 8, marcus found himself welcoming a little himself welcoming a little brother named marquis. brother named marquis. >> i think once my little
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brother came into the picture it brother came into the picture it was more, you know, i realized was more, you know, i realized that it wasn't just the two of that it wasn't just the two of us anymore but we're actually us anymore but we're actually starting to become a family. starting to >> and there were two other y. >> and there were two other stepsiblings in the mix, andre jr. and andrea.stepsiblings in and you get along with them? and you get along with them? >> yeah. >> yeah. it was pretty great. it was pretty great. i had a brother and a sister at i had a brother and a sister at home, and it was a pretty cool home, and it was a pretty cool experience. experience. >> another cool experience, for >> another cool experience, for the first time having a dad. the first >> he taught me how to >> he ta he taught me how to throw a m. he taugh football.t me how to throw a football. he even rode me on the back of he even his motorcycle a few times.k of his it was good to actually have a . it was good to actually have a male figure in the house that i male figure in the house that i could, you know, do stuff with. could, >> so andre was living up to hi. >> s job as your father?living up tos job >> yeah. your father? >> yeah. yeah, he was. yeah, he was. >> for marcus and his mom, >> for marcus and his mom, everything seemed just perfect. everything seemed just perfect. >> honestly, it was like a >> honestly, complete family.t was like a complete it felt like i finally had a it felt li complete family. finally had a complete it was the best feeling in the it was world. the best feeling in the world. like the ultimate high. like the ultimate high. and then suddenly, the ultimate and then suddenly, the ultimate
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low. low. >> the ultimate low because on >> the ultimate low because on november 11th, 1994, marie november 11th, 1994, marie singleton, rock solid, wife, singleton, rock solid, wife, mother, businesswoman vanished. mother, businesswoman vanished. the local police investigated, the local police investigated, of course, but so did an fbi of course, but so did an fbi agent named rick hadel. agent named rick hadel. >> we had concerns that there >> we had may be missing classified there may be missing c information, u.s. government information, u.s. government information. information. >> classified information? >> classified information? yes. yes. as we said before, everyone has as we said before, everyone has secrets. secrets. and marie had a big one. and marie had a big one. one she had told very few one she had told very few people. people. officially marie singleton officially m worked for the department of on worked f defense.or the department of defense. >> that's what was publicly >> that's what was publicly disseminated, yes. disseminated, yes. >> but she was really working >> but she for the cia. was really woing for the cia. >> that's my understanding, yes. >> that' >> a clandestine job with the y. >> a clandestine job with the cia? cia? when we come back, a question -- when we could marie singleton be hiding- co
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the day that changed marcus singleton's life began like any other, except that he had the day off from school. it was friday, november 11th, 1994. marcus then 8 years old was glued to the tv in his family's living room.
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movie, bugs bunny movie. my mom comes up the stairs. she says something to me. i'm thinking she's going somewhere, you know, i'm, like, okay, yada yada yada, i was watching television. >> you were zoned out. >> i was zoned out, and i'm so zoned out finally i fall asleep. >> marcus woke up later that evening to the sound of his baby brother crying. >> so, i go downstairs, why is this little kid crying? where is everybody at? >> finally the phone rang. >> my stepfather calls me and he tells me, you know, he's saying, hey, is your mom there, is your mom home yet, whatever? and she -- and i'm, like, no, where the heck are you guys? i've been here and marquis won't stop crying. he just won't stop. okay, okay, i'll be there soon. i'll be there soon. >> andre said he'd last seen marie around 5:00 p.m. just before he left for his son andre jr.'s football game. now when he returned home, marie and her car were gone. andre made a round of calls to friends, nobody ew
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was. he then took all the kids to his mother's house and dropped them off. >> i remember somebody asked him where you going? and he says he's going to go check with my mom's girlfriends to see if he can find out where she's at. >> andre's first stop was the home of marie's friend bridget harris whom he'd called earlier. >> first he called and then i didn't really think anything of it, because i'm, like, well, she'll be back and then when he showed up, is when i got concerned. she's still not back? >> cell phones were still pretty rare in those days. >> so i paged her because i knew if i paged, she would immediately call me back. >> but marie did not call back. the next morning andre knocked on the door of another friend, jean jones apthel. >> he said they had an argument, i said, well, you had a little argument, don't worry about it. but the second he told me he had the baby, i knew something was wrong. >> you paged her how many times?
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times i paged her. >> and no answer? >> no answer. >> by now it was saturday, 10:20 a.m., marie had been missing almost 18 hours. andre called the inglewood police. >> police? >> yes, i'd like to file a missing persons report. >> okay. who is missing? >> my wife, her name is marie jackson. >> an officer came out to the house and met with andre. >> you know, i see him talking to the cops but i still don't see my mom anywhere. and i think that's when i found out that my mom still hadn't come home yet. had no idea where she was at. >> police started interviewing witnesses, searching the neighborhood, but the weekend passed with no sign of marie. that's when the phone rang on the desk of fbi agent rick hadel. >> we got the report i believe on a monday, maybe a tuesday, that she was missing, didn't report to work. of course, they weon
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of her disappearance. >> and that was unlike her. >> absolutely. >> it's unusual for the bureau to get involved in a missing persons case, but it turned out that marie singleton was no ordinary missing person. not with her job. >> they called the department of defense. they didn't call it cia. but she's working for the u.s. government for the agency working on communications for them. >> unbeknownst to just about everyone in her life, marie singleton was a code clerk for the central intelligence agency. she wasn't a spy, but she did handle classified communications from agents overseas. information that might be very interesting to enemies of the united states. part of what the fbi does is investigate things like this, if a cia employee goes missing. >> right, exactly. >> remember, this was 1994, memories of the cold war were still fresh. >> it could turn into an
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example, if you have missing classified information and somebody's going over helping the russians, the chinese, somebody like that, it could theoretically turn into that kind of a case. >> so now there were parallel investigations. the local cops looked for a missing person. the fbi covertly looked for an intelligence worker who might have been kidnapped or changed sides. marie's family, meanwhile, just wanted her back. >> they started making flyers for my mom. >> do you remember the flyers? >> yeah. definitely remember the flyers. >> soon a number of marie's co-workers and friends were posting flyers on telephone and light poles, storefronts, and shopping centers. kelly clayton remembers how she and a friend asked andre what they could do to help. >> he asked us to pass them out by the beach at this time i asked him why would we pass them out at the beach. and so then he said, well, you know, that's okay, you don't have to pass them out at the
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beach. >> did he mention a specific beach or just anywhere in southernalifornia? >> no, dockweiler beach. >> dockweiler beach is about eight miles from andre and marie's home, near los angeles international airport, where flights leave daily for moscow and beijing. on tuesday, november 15th, four days after marie disappeared, andre himself went there to post flyers. he had an encounter with a perfect stranger and asked for help, and that's when this story took another strange turn. coming up -- >> i couldn't believe that i was seeing the car that i was just looking for. >> a huge break in the case. and a heartbreaking moment at home. >> we walk in the room and everyone is in there crying. everyone in tears. >> when "dateline" continues. [ tires screech ] ♪ flo: [ ghost voice ] oooo!
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tuesday, november 15th, 1994, marie singleton, wife, mother, and secret cia employee had been missing for four days. police were looking for her, so was the fbi. she might have been a runaway, a crime victim, or a double agent. but tim kiniff didn't know any of that when he stopped by dockweiler beach near l.a.x. to take a short walk and unwind after work. >> i saw a man posting flyers for a missing person. >> the man was andre jackson. >> he actually mentioned that he was doing this because it was his wife. and that she'd last been seen on friday. and he was -- seemed very concerned and obviously worried about it. he asked me then if i would take one of his flyers, so i said
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sure. >> the flyer had a picture of marie, a description of her car, and the car's license number. kiniff studied it and put it in his pocket. a short time later, he finished his walk, got into his car and started to drive home. >> i was parked here on vista delmar facing south. so, i got in my car. i made a u-turn to head north, and as i started heading north, i saw the gray saab was parked here along the road. >> there was something oddly familiar about that car. >> so, i made another u-turn, pulled up behind it, and then saw that the license plate on the car was the license plate on the flyer. >> a perfect match. what were the odds? >> i couldn't believe that i was seeing the car that this man was just looking for. >> kiniff called police. the next day, november 16th, the gray saab was towed to the inglewood pd impound lot. police looked it over, very
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carefully. there were several parking tickets under the windshield wipers. it had been there for a while. the battery had been removed. the driver's seat had been tilted forward and a cell phone, unusual at the time, was left in plain sight. after inspecting the interior investigators opened the trunk and made a ghastly discovery. marie singleton was missing no longer. she had been beaten and strangled to death. marie's son marcus then just 8 years old knew something was wrong when he came home from school and saw that all over the neighborhood his mom's missing flyers had been taken down. >> i walk in the room and everybody's in there crying. >> everyone in tears. >> everyone in tears. finally i say what the -- what's going on? what's going on? and my grand mom is just -- shs
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and my stepfather's crying, too, but, you know, he grabs me and he pulls me and he hugs me. and, you know, he tells me straight up. he said they found your mom's body in the trunk of her car. you know, she's dead. >> marie's sister, elaine roundtree, had just arrived from philadelphia. like the rest of the family, she was devastated. elaine was one of the few people who knew marie worked for the cia. but even she didn't know exactly what marie did. >> we loved her as a sister. we respected her as a sister. and with her job she traveled a lot. we knew she worked for the government, for the cia and that was it. >> and you never asked what she did. >> never asked. >> but now elaine had a lot of questions. starting with what could possibly have induced marie to leave 8-year-old marcus and infant marquis home alone? >> that was preposterous. that would have never happened.
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>> so, elaine started to compare notes with friends and family. but the conversations weren't about the cia. >> they were telling me different incidents and different things that they had with andre. >> andre, marie's husband, things he was saying and doing didn't add up. first, there was jean's story about what she saw that saturday morning when andre showed up at her home looking for marie. >> he had a bruise on his lip. >> andre had a bruise on his lip? >> he did. he said, oh, i bruised it playing football with andre jr. really? it looks kind of fresh. >> then there was kelly clayton who spent the better part of sunday calling andre's house hoping marie would show up. and with each phone call, andre seemed to have a new developing story. first, it was this -- >> she had drank a little and she wanted to go to her son's football game.
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he told her that he did not want her to go, and they had a argument and she stormed out. >> but during the next phone call, andre said -- >> one of her old boyfriends was in town, and she was with him. >> and then finally -- >> he let me know when she does get there, i'll call you, i'll have her call you, letting me know, don't call no more. >> then on monday, when marie's friends went to the condo to help pass out flyers, jean noticed something in andre and marie's bedroom. >> it was a big hole in the wall. that was a reality check for me, because it wasn't where the doorknob was. it was above it like someone had put their fist through it. big enough for, like, a head because it went straight through. >> elaine heard all of this and contacted inglewood police and found out they were way ahead of her. >> i had spoke with the one detective over the telephone, and he said that andre was a
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i was also told that this would probably be resolved because they may arrest him at the funeral. >> you thought andre was going to be arrested? >> yes. >> pretty quickly. >> yes. >> but andre wasn't arrested at marie's funeral or the next day or the day after that. after the service, elaine and her relatives flew back to philadelphia. a few weeks later marcus joined them. marie's relatives still expected an arrest any day. but days turned into weeks, and then months, until a whole year had passed. and that's when a mysterious letter arrived for the singleton family, an anonymous letter that sent this investigation in a whole new direction. coming up -- >> we didn't know where the letter came from. and because she worked for the cia, it opened up that door of suspicion. >> was her death related to her job? the questions stal
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again. >> didn't want to give up? >> i couldn't give up. it was my sister.
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she was a mom with a closely guarded secret. now marie singleton has been found murdered. did her classified work with the cia have anything to do with her death? police seemed to be focusing on her husband as a suspect, but a mysterious letter is about to launch a whole new round of questions. here again, josh mankiewicz. >> it had been about a year since marie singleton's body was found in the trunk of her car at a los angeles beach. her son marcus, 8 years old at the time of her murder, was being raised by an aunt in philadelphia. bus
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from his mind. >> we used to have a debate about who loved each other more, you know, i love you more, no, i love you more. no, i love you more. and sometimes i even go to sleep and i still say it, like, mom i love you more, you know, it's -- that's the kind of stuff a kid never forgets. ever. >> he also stayed in touch with marie's husband, andre jackson. you still felt a connection to him. >> yes. he was my dad. you know, that was the only father i had, and i missed him. >> meanwhile, the rest of marie's family wondered if andre knew more about her death than he was saying. they believed police had those same questions. but andre had never been arrested. and then came that letter, which changed everything. handwritten or typed? >> it was typed. >> the unsigned letter read in part, "it is very unlikely that the individual or individuals responsible for her death will
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be brought to justice. although you may be receiving lip service from her former office, believe me when i tell you that the agency has literally placed her death on the back burner. the agency, of course, meant marie's secret employer, the central intelligence agency. >> she worked for them, and they never offered a reward for her, any information regarding her case or anything. >> the letter continued, "her former colleagues at work have been placed under a gag order by their office. they have ordered these people to cease all contact with you and marie's family in pennsylvania. someone in your family needs to stir the pot." >> we didn't know where the letter came from because it was anonymous and because she worked for the cia, so it opened up that door of suspicion that maybe they had something to do with it as well. >> remember, when marie first
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investigated on the theory it might have been espionage. but the family didn't know the result of that investigation and didn't know why police hadn't moved against andre. >> and since we didn't have the answers, it was always a wonderment to us on why it was taking so long. maybe they all were working in cahoots with each other. >> despite their dark suspicions, the family turned the letter over to inglewood police, but still, no answers. not for years. >> i constantly called california to find out what was being done and what was happening with the case. >> you didn't want to give up. >> i couldn't give up. it was my sister. >> the family didn't know it, but there was someone else who refused to give up. fbi agent rick hadel. he had never found any evidence of espionage in marie's murder, but he'd also never forgotten about her. >> so, her
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now, i'm the guy that assigns the cases instead of investigating them. and i'm talking with an agent. i said, tony, how about reopening this case as an assault on a federal officer case. >> all just because you never stopped thinking about it. >> exactly. i just -- i didn't like the -- the fact that you got a woman who has given her life, dedicated to the government murdered and just lying out there because nobody cares. and so i thought, well, let's give it another shot. >> so, eight years after the murder, fbi agent tony vasley called on inglewood pd and met detective russ inard who was a month shy of retiring. they started combing through the old files and were assisted by a new inglewood detective steve siler. >> technology advances so quickly that in 2002 i said to tony vasley, hey, maybe there's fingernail scrapings, maybe there's something of that nature. >> in fact, there were
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case. there was also a drop of blood on marie's saab, but at the time of marie's murder, dna analysis was still in its infancy. those samples had never been tested. in 2004, detective siler called john lewin, a prosecutor with the l.a. da's office major crime division. lewin specializes in cold cases. >> they collected the fingernail scrapings and the blood and the detective had been unable to get the lab to test it, so when i first got on the case, i started trying to cash in favors with the crime lab to get it done. >> but a ten-year-old cold case was not a priority. three more years passed before those samples were tested. finally in november, 2007, the fbi crime lab came through. >> what we got was the information that would break this case wide open.
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coming up -- a bold move from the cold case prosecutor. >> it was very hard. i had to have marcus arrested. >> marcus, marie's own son, under arrest? what was that all about? when "dateline" continues. telin. breadstick obsessed? get your fix with olive garden's two new breadstick sandwiches. like our new spicy chicken sandwich. try them for lunch! starting at just $6.99. olive garden.
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into sharp focus. first, that mysterious letter suggesting marie's death was related to her top secret job, that turned out to be a dead end, written by a co-worker who just wanted to encourage police to work harder. next, there was the dna. more than a decade after marie's murder -- >> they tested both the bloodstain on the car and the scrapings under the fingernails. >> the dna found under marie's nails and the blood found on the hood of her car were from the same person, a man, and police thought they knew who that man was, marie's husband, andre, but andre had moved out of california. >> we did not have his blood test. >> how did you get a match? >> well, what we did was, we tried to find him, and we couldn't locate him. we were finally able to track down his son, andre jackson jr., and to get his dna.
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you would characterize as a near miss, a familial hit. >> a near miss, but still enough to get an arrest warrant. the fbi's fugitive task force caught up with andre in tempe, arizona. he wasn't expecting it? >> no, he was not expecting it. >> andre also said he didn't do it, didn't kill his wife. but he couldn't make bail, so he sat in a jail cell, even though prosecutor lewin knew the evidence was not as strong as it might be. although andre's inconsistent statements, the bruise on his face, his appearance at the very beach where marie's car was later found all seemed suspicious, they might not be enough for a jury. >> we have to be able to say is a jury going to be able to look at the evidence we have and prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, do we take this risk or not.
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proof. after all, andre and marie were husband and wife. to find his dna on her car or even under her fingernails was not necessarily evidence of murder. after andre had been in jail for nearly four years, lewin decided to offer a deal. >> we offered him voluntary manslaughter. he would have had to serve roughly another year, and he didn't want it. his attitude was you don't have any evidence. >> so, the case was going to trial. lewin knew he needed more evidence to make the jury believe his theory of the crime. >> i believe that they had probably some kind of argument. i believe that marie said that she was leaving. i believe that an argument turned violent. and i believe that at some point during the argument andre hit her, and then he made the decision, you know what, i can't
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>> what lewin needed most was a witness, and no one had seen anything on the day of the murder. yet lewin found there was a secret, buried in the memory of a grown man, who was all of 8 years old when a murder was being committed. marie's son, marcus singleton. >> we interviewed marcus in 2004, really the first in-depth interview that had ever been done. >> marcus was deeply conflicted between his feelings for his mom and the love he still felt for his stepfather andre. and at first, he had no intention of talking with investigators. but finally he broke down and told the story of what an 8-year-old marcus had seen on october 1st, 1994, 6 weeks before the murder. it's a story he also told to us. >> i remember hearing them screaming and going into the bedroom and them arguing and her telling me to call the police,
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call the cops. >> what was happening? >> i had no idea, none. and i froze because my stepdad told me not to, and that's when she said, you hit me. and then he said, well, you hit me first. and she looked at him like he was crazy. she screamed call the cops, and then she moved towards the bed, and he grabs her. tries to place his hands over her mouth. one hand over her mouth, one hand over her throat and they fall on the bed. >> young marcus then ran for the phone in the hallway. >> at this point now i'm leaving to go call the police, and i'm guessing maybe he got off of her to come stop me or whatever because now my mom, she must have gotten free somehow, some way, brushes past me and up the stairs and i guess to the kitchen phone and he comes running past me to the kitchen phone. now my stepsister is leaving her room coming out in the hallway like what the heck is going on. then we hear the clatter like silverware i
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floor. we run upstairs and there's a whole bunch silverware on the floor. they're both still arguing. >> marie ran to the bedroom and locked the door. >> he knocks on the door. she doesn't open it. he kicks the door in. and he walks in and puts the door frame back on the door and he closes the door, and then it's just quiet for a while after that. >> somehow during the struggle marie managed to call 911, but the call is cut short. >> hello? >> and then a few minutes the cops come. you know, i guess my mom told them everything was okay. they left. and six weeks later -- >> six weeks later, his mother was dead. >> i hate the fact that i didn't go and call the cops myself. you know, so the cops could have talked to me instead of her.
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feels about the day she disappeared. >> i hate the fact that i can remember that it was a bugs bunny movie on the television but i can't even remember the last words my mom said to me. >> you were, what, 8 years old? >> yeah i hate that, yeah. >> because, why? you think this is your fault? you've got to know intellectually it had nothing to do with you. >> i feel like i could have done something to protect my mom. i could have just changed up one thing. >> and yet even now marcus still couldn't accept the idea that the man he once considered his father had killed his mother. marcus didn't want to testify against andre. lewin had to serve him with a subpoena for a pretrial hearing. marcus ignored it. >> i got subpoenaed to go to court and said, no, i'm not going. i ripped it up, threw it away. >> lewin had to do something he'd never done before.
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arrested. it was very hard. i've got to have him arrested when he's a victim. >> it's unpleasant. >> very unpleasant. >> lewin, the prosecutor, and marcus, the witness, were at odds. and if the prosecutor's star witness didn't show up for trial, andre could easily walk free. coming up -- >> did you kill your wife? >> no, i did not. >> the case heads into court and andre jackson heads to the stand. at last, he tells his own story. >> i approached her in the bedroom and embraced her and kissed her. >> will a jury believe him? ? before fibromyalgia, ? i kept on top of things. i was energetic. then the chronic, widespread pain drained my energy. my doctor said moving more helps ease fibromyalgia pain. he also prescribed lyrica. fibromyalgia is thought to be
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>> in the weeks leading up to trial, prosecutor john lewin wondered if his star witness would show up. >> he wouldn't even come out here. >> marcus was terribly conflicted over the guilt he felt at not speaking up sooner and the love he still felt for his stepfather andre. he didn't like the idea of testifying against andre? >> no, he did not. >> but a day before opening statements, much to lewin's relief, marcus did show up for trial, but he was to say the least a reluctant witness. >> in the beginning when i first came to speak with mr. lewin, i defended andre on my family's side and i didn't want to believe that he did it. then i found out that i'm probably going to have to accept the truth, a truth that i really don't want to have to accept even today to be honest. >> marcus told the jury his harrowing story of the fight he witnessed between his mom and his stepdad six weeks before her
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murder. >> they were frantic, and my mom was -- like, she was distraught i guess is the best word, like, she was just, like -- she was screaming, you know, she was, call the police, call the police! >> compelling, damning, but it turned out the defense had a star witness, too. you think andre was going to take the stand? >> no. i was -- i was very surprised. i would say shocked. >> andre's defense attorney got right to the point with his first question to his client. >> did you kill your wife, marie jackson? >> no, i did not. >> do you have any idea who did? >> no, i do not. >> then andre gave his innocent account of the day his wife disappeared. for starters, he said, though he and marie may have argued six weeks earlier, they didn't fight the day she vanished. >> when you got home, did you -- did you greet marie? >> yes, i did. >> how did that go? >> i approached her in the bedroom and
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kissed her. >> then he said he left marie at home and drove to his son's football game. as for witnesses who said he had a bruised lip that day, andre said it happened at the game where he and his son accidentally collided. >> as i approached him, he was jumping around and he wasn't aware that i was near him, and he jumped and his helmet hit me on the -- on my mouth. >> andre told the court he didn't know marie was missing until he returned home after the game. >> and did you try to page her or call her? >> i did. >> as for his decision to post flyers at the very beach where marie's car was later found? >> i was in the area, picked up some lunch and went down to sit down by the beach, and just pray and try to figure out -- put things together what was going on at the time. >> did you see marie's saab?
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>> did you know that marie's saab was at or near dockweiler beach? >> no, i did not. >> of course, prosecutor lewin thought andre was lying about everything. on cross-examination, he pointed out that when andre left the beach, he had to drive right past marie's car. >> is it fair to say that as you're driving, mr. jackson, the main thing on your mind is looking for that car, where could that saab be? is that fair to say? >> not in that moment where i was driving on a scenic route at the beach. >> wait, wait, a scenic route? >> yes. >> your concern was scenic routes when the mother of your 8-month-old son is missing? >> lewin also wanted to get andre's thoughts about why marcus testified against him. >> are you aware as you sit here of any motive that he might have for trying to say that you're responsible for his mom's death?
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>> yes. >> you are aware. and what is that? >> the influence by many who pretty much tainted him and telling him negative things about me over the years from his relatives to the law enforcement people who interviewed him. >> finally, lewin asked a question that seemed to get under andre's skin. >> isn't it true, mr. jackson, that marie told you that she was leaving you? >> absolutely not. >> that same day? >> november 11th. >> absolutely not. >> had she ever -- >> after three months in court and 18 years after marie's death, co-prosecutor pat kerry gave the prosecution's closing argument. >> there's only one person in this case who six weeks prior to the murder was observed choking marie. there's only one person in this case who drove right past marie's car when they were looking for it.
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car. there's only one person that murdered marie jackson. and he's sitting right there. >> but the prosecution was pointing in the wrong direction, said the defense attorney in his closing remarks to the jury. >> the actual evidence does not support the allegation that andre killed marie. it certainly doesn't support it beyond or doesn't prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. why? there's a simple answer. andre didn't kill marie. >> nearly two decades after marie's murder, the case was finally before a jury. and just 2 1/2 hours later, there was a verdict. >> we the jury in the above entitled action find the defendant andre jackson guilty of the crime of first-degree murder. >> andre jackson was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. for marcus singleton, this victory was bittersweet. he still wants to hear the truth


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